Vancouver Fashion Week returns for 30th season with over 80 local and international designers on deck

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      Vancouver Fashion Week returns for its 30th season from September 18 to 24 at the Chinese Cultural Centre (50 East Pender Street), where over 80 local and international designers will showcase spring/summer 2018 collections on the runway.

      Among the slew of names who will be debuting men’s and women’s apparel during the jam-packed week are Vancouver’s own Mary Ebra, Alex S. Yu, Bianca Barr, and Evan Clayton. Aiki District, a line of ethically and sustainably produced womenswear, and Autumn Jules, which was also a participant in the first-ever Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week this past July, will also be on deck.

      Other emerging and established designers will be arriving from as far away as New York, Japan, and New Zealand. Fashion-design students from both the John Casablancas Institute and LaSalle College Vancouver will also exhibit collections on the runway. In celebration of our nation’s sesquicentennial, participants from the latter group will be taking inspiration from the Group of Seven, a set of Canadian landscape painters who came to prominence in the 1920s.

      On September 23 and 24, Vancouver Fashion Week will highlight children’s clothing as part of the biannual Vancouver Kids Fashion Week. Featuring spring/summer toddler, kid, and teen collections from 11 Canadian designers, the two-day event-in-an-event will benefit the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Foundation.

      Vancouver Fashion Week takes place from September 18 to 24 at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Tickets start at $30 and are available online.

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